Review: Detective Comics #948

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“Batwoman Begins” Part One

Detective Comics 948



Writer: James Tynion, IV & Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Ben Oliver





Kate Kane takes the center stage as we get a glimpse into her first outing as Batwoman. Borrowing from the popular CW series Arrow, we are treated to flashbacks from Kate’s past. Gears quickly shift to the present day, with Kate and Batman investigating a mystery with ties to Hugo Strange’s Monster Men.

“BATWOMAN BEGINS” parts one and two! This special two-part interlude spotlights team leader Batwoman! In the wake of the “Night of the Monster Men,” A.R.G.U.S. has built a secret research city around the corpse of the megamonster that collapsed in Gotham Harbor…creating Gotham City’s newest and most dangerous neighborhood, Monstertown! – DC Comics

Full disclosure, anyone who has read any of my previous reviews knows I was not a huge fan of “Night of the Monster Men.” Quite honestly, I thought it was a gimmick spread across several books to make us purchase them. This issue has piqued my interest, and made me want to go back and give the arc a second chance.

Marguerite Bennett joins James Tynion, IV on this issue. For those of you living under a rock, Bennett has an extensive portfolio of work, including writing for DC’s Bombshells. She and Tynion have weaved quite the tapestry for the start of a great story. I like how they emphasize the now fractured relationship between Kate and her father. The arc is quite the segue for Bennett’s upcoming Batwoman series.

Providing graphics for this issue is  Ben Oliver. Oliver is reunited with Bennett . The two worked together on Justice League #23.2 “Lobo.” In “Batwoman Begins,” Oliver uses an almost murky palette for this story. The style is a departure from past books in the series. The motif complements Tynion and Bennett’s writing. Again, this arc is shaping up into  something special.

Images courtesy of DC Entertainment

Kevin Gunn

Kevin is married with 4 children and 4 grandchildren. He loves all things related to DC Comics, even those movies that get a bad rep like "Batman & Robin" and "Catwoman." Kevin is the Editor in Chief of Dark Knight News. He has a degree in Communication, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration. His favorite DC hero and villain are Black Lightning (though Batman is a close second) and Black Manta respectively. Kevin tries to exemplify being a hero everyday by helping others. Something interesting about him: he was a contestant on "Wheel of Fortune." Follow Kevin on Twitter - @captsigma